Prestigious honor awaits racing legend from Beach Park
News-sun staff report August 15, 2013 8:18PM
The No. 11 winged sprint car of Darrell Dodd has been a fixture on race tracks in this area for decades. | SUBMITTED PHOTO
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:08AM
Darrell Dodd of Beach Park, a legend in open-wheel car racing, has been selected for induction into the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame.
The celebration will be held on Nov. 2 at the Schauer Arts and Activities Center located in Hartford, Wisconsin. That building adjoins the Wisconsin Automotive Museum, home of the Hall of Fame since it’s inception in 2007.
Darrell began his career at the old Waukegan Speedway (Washington Street, east of Route 41, now a big empty lot on the south side of the road), and the Kenosha County Speedway racing modifieds.
He has raced and won races in the last five decades and currently competes as a Winged Warrior in a 410 sprint car with the Interstates Racing Association throughout the midwest.
Tickets are on sale for $26 at the Schauer Center box office for the event. The induction ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by a buffet dinner beginning at 5:30. For further information, contact Dave Magnus at (414) 430-2142.
Dodd began his racing career in Modifieds, following in the footsteps of his father at tracks like Waukegan, Wilmot and Lake Geneva.
He was a pioneer in bringing sprint car racing to the level of excellence it enjoys today in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. He was one of the first to bring a “house” chassis to local tracks and he was also the first to attract big-time sponsorship, in J&L Oil, to support the sprint car racing series throughout this area.
Darrell also has been one of the founding fathers of the IRA traveling 410 sprint car series, for which he still actively competes today. Aside from winning two Wisconsin Outlaw sprint championships, Darrell has been a three-time champion in the IRA series in 1979, 1987 and 1988. During his reign as champion, Darrell also was the proprietor of “The Hot Rod Shop” which built many championship cars in the sprint and modified divisions and supplied parts to racers at area tracks.